As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Birmingham Bears have launched the “It’s Good to Talk” Writing Competition in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

The Bears are inviting primary school children, aged under 12, from across the region to write a poem or story around the theme of Growing Together.

At the Bears, we want to encourage players, staff and fans to express themselves – whether its on the field, at home, work or school. We want to create a space where people and different communities can come together, grow and talk.

Growing together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other to grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential.

As part of the competition, children can produce a writing, poem or story – for example:

  • Shape Poem: Draw something the represents growth and fill it with words or a poem about growth or growing up. To help, we’ve put together a Bear shape that you can fill with your words or poem.
  • List Poem: Write a few lines to set the scene and then list things that represent growth. Can you pair some words together that rhyme?
  • Feelings Poem: Write a poem that describes how growing makes you feel, for example excited or nervous. Present this in a way that you want and feel.

Winning entries will be displayed at Birmingham Bears games in 2022, on the big screen and TVs around Edgbaston Stadium, plus printed in our “It’s Good to Talk” book. Other prizes include being a VIP guest at a Bears game and a player visit at your school.

For more details and to enter the Writing Competition, please visit

The competition is now open and will run until 5pm on 29 April. Children must be aged 11 or under to enter.

National Literacy Trust work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, where one in three people have low levels of literacy.

For more information about the competition, please email